Division of Industrial Relations Safety Consultation and Training Section Employee Recognized as the State of Nevada March 2021 Employee Veteran of the Month

Las Vegas, NV April 02, 2021

Kelly Baetz, Safety Supervisor for Training with Nevada’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) has been selected as the Nevada Employee Veteran of the Month for March 2021 for his outstanding contributions and service to the State of Nevada.

The Employee Veteran of the Month award initiative was launched in January 2021 and each month, an employee veteran is recognized by the Nevada Department of Administration Director and the Administrator of the Division of Human Resource Management.

Kelly’s military service includes serving for three years in the US Army as a combat engineer based in Germany.  He also served in the National Guard, initially in an artillery unit with the Utah National Guard and retired from the Nevada National Guard where he served as a truck master for a transportation unit.

Kelly has been employed with the State of Nevada since September 2011. As the Safety Supervisor for Training with SCATS, he oversees the section’s training program including curriculum development and implementation, instructor preparation and supervision, and training scheduling and delivery.  

When restrictions on in-person gatherings were announced in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly quickly mobilized his staff to convert 30 of the section’s 34 in-person training courses to an equivalent online webinar format. These online courses have benefited more than 3,500 participants with critical safety and health training since the onset of the pandemic.

Solely due to Kelly’s efforts, Nevada SCATS is one of the few organizations nationwide that has been approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Education Center to conduct online OSHA 10- and 30-hour Courses for General Industry and Construction.

Kelly’s dedication and pursuit of excellence benefit not only Nevada SCATS, but all Nevada employers and employees seeking to ensure the health and safety of their workplace.  

About Nevada’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS)

The Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS), a unit of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations, provides free and confidential consultation and safety services to assist businesses in Nevada to be incompliance with OSHA standards. SCATS’ top priority is to help Nevada businesses keep their employees safe and offers on-site consultation services designed to help employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their workplaces, improve their safety and health programs, and assist in training employees. For more information visit: http://www.4safenv.state.nv.us/.

At the time of initial publication of this press release, the Nevada on-site consultation program is funded by a cooperative agreement for $625,200 in federal funds, or 27.7% of the program budget. No program funding is received from non-governmental sources.

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Teri Williams
Public Information Officer